Correction: Mansion Death-Lawsuit story

Jul 16, 2013, 7:00 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) – In a July 14 story about a lawsuit filed by the family of a 32-year-old woman whose body was found hanging at a mansion in Coronado, Calif., The Associated Press erroneously reported that U-T San Diego was first to report the legal development. The Coronado Patch reported on the lawsuit prior to U-T San Diego.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Lawsuit claims murder in Calif. mansion death

$10M lawsuit claims murder in California mansion hanging death

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The family of a woman whose nude, bound body was found hanging at a California mansion has filed a $10 million lawsuit claiming she was murdered.

The suit was filed Friday in federal court by the family of 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau and seeks general and punitive damages. Zahau was found hanged at a Coronado mansion in July 2011. Her death was ruled a suicide.

But Zahau’s family always believed her death was suspicious. The lawsuit claims Adam Shacknai and Dina Shacknai, the brother and ex-wife of Zahau’s boyfriend, Jonah Shacknai, and Dina Shacknai’s twin sister, Nina Romano, were responsible for the woman’s death, U-T San Diego reported (
http://bit.ly/1aD6eO9).

The lawsuit doesn’t provide any specific evidence against the three, but alleges “defendants planned and prepared to batter and murder Rebecca and did thereafter brutally, and with malice aforethought, stalk, attack, choke, bound and hang” Zahau at the mansion belonging to her billionaire boyfriend. Jonah Shacknai was not named in the lawsuit.

No criminal charges were filed.

Attempts to reach Adam Shacknai, Dina Shacknai and Nina Romano on Sunday were unsuccessful.

Authorities said Zahau killed herself because she was distraught over a fatal fall that Shacknai’s 6-year-old son suffered at the house two days earlier. His death was ruled accidental.

Adam Shacknai was staying in a guesthouse at his brother’s historic Spreckels mansion at the time of Zahau’s death, the U-T reported. Dina Shacknai was staying in a separate vacation home a few blocks away, and Nina Romano had flown in from Sacramento to be with her sister.

Adam Shacknai told police he found Zahau hanging by a rope from a second-story balcony at the mansion, and cut her down. Her hands were bound behind her back, her feet were bound and a T-shirt was wrapped around her lower face.

The remodeled mansion was sold last month for $9 million to the owner of a private aircraft company in Utah.

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Correction: Mansion Death-Lawsuit story